Artistic License by Katie Fforde (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005)
For reasons I am not clear on, a lot of romance novels seems to take place in the United Kingdom. Are we just not romantic enough here in the U.S.? This is an original and entertaining novel about a young woman photographer/art gallery owner with leanings towards domesticity and children. I would rate it somewhere between Sophie Kinsella and Maeve Binchy in terms of seriousness. Certainly it’s not as philosophical as Alexander McCall Smith’s novels, but that’s OK. It reminded me (in a good way) of both Kinsella and Binchy, while not being at all formulaic. I wouldn’t be surprised if it became a movie someday just like The Diary of Bridget Jones.